There are few hitmakers in the world quite like Joeboy. The artist, Joseph Akinwale, has delved into the depths and complexities of passion and love through his captivating Afropop tracks ever since catching the attention of the Nigerian mainstream with his 2019 hit, “Baby.”
Joeboy’s sensitive yet astute exploration of love was further expanded upon in his debut album from 2021, “Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic.” With his mesmerizing vocals and semi-autobiographical reflections on fame, affection, and self-perception, he firmly established himself as one of the leading lights of his generation.
Between “Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic” and his highly anticipated sophomore album, “Body & Soul” released in 2023, the artist has grown and refined his music, offering a more comprehensive view of his experiences with attraction and relationships. In an interview with Apple Music, he described “Body & Soul” as his state of mind and a reflection of the topics he wants to discuss. This new project carries a more sensitive tone with a darker undercurrent. While “Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic” exuded amazing vibes all around, “Body & Soul” showcases a more authentic and nuanced side. Joeboy believes that because there will always be good and bad in the world, advantages and disadvantages, it’s important to acknowledge and embrace both.
In many ways, “Body & Soul” combines Joeboy’s loving worldview with the pressures and joys of operating at the pinnacle of Afropop. He explains that the album’s concept revolves around the idea that one can be themselves without the need for perfection. The key is to embrace who you are and strive to become a better version of yourself through hard work.
Take a listen to this remarkable body of work below.
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